Like many of you, we were glued to Britain's Got Talent, and one of the most entertaining aspects of the show has been watching the fantastically talented kids. Diversity were totally deserved winners and no doubt will be an inspiration to many of their peers.
But as the semi-finals progressed, I started to feel increasingly uncomfortable. First 10-year-old Natalie Okri didn't make it through and broke down in tears. Then Hollie Steel, also 10, lost her confidence and had to start her performance again. And at the Grand Final, 11-year-old Aidan Davis also had to fight back tears after being on the receiving end of Simon Cowell's cutting comments.
We have already seen the effect the strain of taking part in the contest has had on Susan Boyle, a fully grown but clearly fragile woman.
No doubt mums and dads who try to dissuade their aspiring Leonas and Wills from entering this kind of talent contest will be met with rigid determination. But I'm not sure it's really fair to subject such young children to this kind of public pressure and rejection.
written by Liz Jarvis